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Digital printing goes mainstream

Nov 1, 2001 12:00 AM

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As we've seen last year at Drupa and this September at Print 01, digital printing is entering a new era. It has steadily moved from novelty to niche, and is re-entering the mainstream printing industry. Hewlett-Packard (HP) (Palo Alto, CA), Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) and Xerox Corp. (Rochester, NY) had the biggest news of the show (see p. 48). Here are other key developments:

Scitex Digital Printing (Dayton, OH) highlights included the VersaMark Business Color Press (BCP) unveiled at Drupa. The company also announced the 3700 printing system, a modular press that enables customers to mix and match four- and nine-inch Scitex print heads to build simplex or duplex, monochrome, highlight or full-color configurations. Multiple rails on the 3700 support rows of Scitex print heads — full page, partial page, or combinations of both. Scitex showed a 3700 system configured with a six-rail carriage supporting 10 print heads — nine four-inch heads and one nine-inch head.

Xeikon (Wood Dale, IL) announced the DMP 8000 digital monochrome press, a continuous-feed, twin-engine duplex machine. The DMP 8000 is Xeikon's first black-and-white system to support 600-dpi resolution. Xeikon also announced the first commercial shipments of its new cut-sheet digital press, the CSP 320 D.

Océ Printing Systems (Boca Raton, FL) and MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) announced Océ will distribute MAN Roland's Xeikon-based color digital presses in the graphic arts market. Océ also officially launched the 25-ppm CPS700 full-color copier, which it has showcased at previous trade shows. Advantages over conventional toner-based equipment include Océ's DI and color-copy press imaging technologies. Also, the CPS700 doesn't need a fuser, charger, developer or corona.

Canon USA Inc.'s (Lake Success, NY) 105-ppm black-and-white imageRUNNER 105 digital copier reportedly supports a monthly print volume of up to 600,000 impressions, and offers 600 × 600-dpi and 256-grayscale resolution. Single- and multi-positioning of stapling up to 100 sheets is standard; options include automatic two- or three-hole punch, saddlestitch bookletmaking as well as Z-folding and document-insertion accessories.

David Davis is a consultant with INTERQUEST (Charlottesville, VA), which specializes in electronic printing and publishing. INTERQUEST's special report, “PRINT 01: The Eye of the Storm,” is available at